"It is with deep sadness that I have reason to believe that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed by his captors," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
Canada is refusing to pay ransom to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf, but that doesn't mean there's not an effort to pay the terrorist group.
A "final message" video released this weekend by the Filipino militants demands a ransom payment for one of two remaining Canadian hostages, Robert Hall.
In a new video, Canadian Robert Hall and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad say they will be murdered by their captors if a $16-million ransom is not paid by June 13, at 3 pm.
After Canadian John Ridsdel was beheaded by Filipino jihadists Abu Sayyaf, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed that under no circumstances would Canada make ransom payments to terrorist groups.
Captive John Ridsdel was beheaded last month after the Canadian government refused to pay a ransom for his release.
Benigno Aquino III has said that Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist group heavily linked to ISIS, have included the former boxer among a number of high-profile targets.
Two Canadian men, a Norwegian, and a Filipina woman were taken captive by jihadists in September from the Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort off the coast of Mindanao.
Filipino Islamist captors took two Canadian men, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman at gunpoint from a beach resort on Samal Island in the Philippines in September of 2015.
“These people are serious and very treacherous,” pleads Canadian Robert Hall as one man holds a machete near his throat and yanks his head back in a new video. Another Canadian, a Norwegian and a Filipino were also abducted.
In the video, Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall beg the Canadian and Filipino governments to stop military operations and to negotiate with their captors.
Four people, including two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager, and a Filipino woman, were targeted and kidnapped at gunpoint late on Monday, and the Philippines military has now set up a naval blockade.